Labour Party candidate Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, has been elected mayor of London, and the international left is thrilled. "Son of a Pakistani bus driver, champion of workers' rights and human rights, and now Mayor of London. Congrats, @SadiqKhan. –H," tweeted Hillary Clinton. Likewise happy are Islamic supremacists worldwide: members of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), the party of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the majority party in the nation's National Assembly, held up a sign emblazoned: "Heartiest Congratulation [sic] to Sadiq Khan 1st Muslim Mayor of London who defeated millionaire Jew Zec [sic] Goldsmith."
Those two messages summed up the dichotomy that characterizes the response to Sadiq Khan, and his own associations and intentions. Khan himself has written about the necessity to "ensure that the perception of Islam is not tainted by those with extremist views." But his concern about this "taint" is relatively newly-minted: back in 2004, Khan spoke at a gender-segregated event entitled "Palestine — the suffering still goes on." Also on the bill was Daud Abdullah of the Muslim Council of Britain, who once led a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day; Ibrahim Hewitt, the chairman of Interpal, which the U.S. Treasury Department has designated a "global terrorist" organization for funneling money to Hamas; Muslim leader Azzam Tamimi, who has called for the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic state; Muslim cleric Suliman Gani, who has echoed the Qur'an (4:34) in saying that women should be "subservient" to men; Ismail Adam Patel of Friends of Al-Aqsa, who has claimed that "Hamas is no terrorist organization"; and Church of England cleric Stephen Sizer, who has blamed Israel for the 9/11 jihad terror attacks.